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Rain adds to flooding problems in central, eastern Missouri

March 29, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rain is adding to flooding problems in central and eastern Missouri even as waters recede in the northwest part of the state.

The rain that began falling Thursday was expected to continue through Saturday, causing a second surge in some areas. In Hermann, the second crest Sunday was expected to be slightly higher than the first. Cropland and parts of the Katy Trail are flooding.

In the eastern Missouri town of St. Peters, a tributary of the also swollen Mississippi River reached historic levels Friday, flooding some homes. In St. Louis, where the Mississippi is expected to crest next Tuesday, crews have closed floodgates.

But the worst damage has been upstream in Holt and Atchison counties, where multiple Missouri River levees breached. Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was meeting Friday morning with officials there.

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